Category Archives: American politics

Great political documentaries (No24) 4 Little Girls

Sometimes you’ve got to wonder about humanity. Over 150 years after Thomas Jefferson first wrote that all men are created equal, a huge chunk of the American population still thought it was acceptable to discriminate against people due to the … Continue reading

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Political predictions they got wrong (No33) Newt Gingrich keeps getting it wrong

When people on the right attempt to defend Newt Gingrich they usually avoid mentioning his many character flaws and try to talk up his intelligence. For instance, during the 2012 primaries his supporters could often be seen and heard in … Continue reading

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Great political documentaries (No23) The War Room

The War Room isn’t the first attempt to take a behind the scenes look at how a political campaign is run, Joe McGinniss’s book The Selling of the President had already done it in 1968. However it was the first major … Continue reading

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Great political movies (No51) Bob Roberts

Few things age as quickly as satire. Because it’s so often heavily reliant on news and topical events, what’s cutting edge one day can be irrelevant a few weeks later. For instance it’s actually quite difficult to watch old episodes of British … Continue reading

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Great mistakes in politics (No40) Nixon pledges to campaign in all 50 states in 1960

There are a lot of reasons why Richard Nixon lost the 1960 Presidential election to John F Kennedy. These include the fact that Kennedy was more adept at using the relatively new medium of TV, he had a better running mate in … Continue reading

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Political predictions they got wrong (No31) Paul Samuelson’s Economics

If you go into any decent second-hand book shop and look in the economics section, I’d be willing to bet you’d find several different additions of Nobel prize winner Paul Samuelson’s best-selling textbook Economics. First published in 1948 it’s sold over … Continue reading

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Great political movies (No49) Joe

Joe isn’t the first film to satirize Middle America’s reaction to the 1960s counter-culture (Wild in the Streets got there first by a year), but it is one of the more political incisive. Normally when you see a movie advertised as being from the director … Continue reading

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